Visit by the Barrie and Jean Berkley to knls Kibera Library

knls Kibera Library is set to expand its services in order to offer more empowerment and knowledge to the residents of Kibera slum. With support received from the Berkeley Trust, the library is set to complete the remaining part of the first floor. The construction works are on-going and furniture for use in that facility has already been acquired. As a result of the expansion, there will be more space for the readers and Practical Action (knls Partner) who will offer their knowledge node services at the resource centre. Barrie and Jean Berkleyvisited knls Kibera Library on 13th January 2013 to evaluate the progress at the resource centre and to express their commitment in empowering the community through knowledge.

Various children who patronize the library gave testimonials of how the library had offered them a conducive environment to undertake their studies. As a result, some of them performed very well in the recently announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results and were eagerly waiting to join secondary schools of their choice. The resource centre offered them books that they needed, comfortable and exciting reading spaces as well as innovative knowledge resources through the computer tablets.

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Kenya National Library Service (knls) in partnership with Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) established ten e-resource centres with the aim of providing e-resources to rural areas and provide access of information to all.

Knls – Murang’a branch was a beneficiary of this partnership and received 10 computers, furniture, and satellite dish inclusive of free unlimited internet access. With the e-resource centres in place, knls-Murang’a launched the basic ICT skills training in April 2013. The main objective is to equip the community the library serves with IT skills as they embrace the digital era. In addition achieve the mission of enabling access of information for knowledge and transformation of livelihoods to all.



The service will allow children access online children stories in and outside the library where mobile digital librarian will regularly take resources to them. The service was officially launched at Murema primary school,Kasarani where teachers and pupils lauded the concept as it will go a long way to reach children who would not have otherwise accessed stories in our facility.

Online children stories now available in knls Buruburu to supplement the conventional books in the library. You can now access online children stories brought to you by our mobile digital librarian in your neighborhood.

The service is now Mobile online resources are also available to children who are constrained by some factors to come to the library to enjoy our services. This venture will boost book club activities in schools within our vicinity. It is easy to use, entertaining, no hustle of carrying books , delaying,loosing or damaging library books. It is very cost effective..All you need is a laptop, a projector and modem!

Filming for the KBC Sunrise Show

Filming at the Buruburu Junior section by KBC

KBC Sunrise show crew took a film at Buruburu library on Saturday 24thAugust 2013 and 28th September 2013. The activity is aimed at encouraging the reading culture among children and showcasing the library as a pleasant place to be for children. The programme was aired on Saturday 31st August 2013 and 5th October 2013 respectively at 10.15am. The programme is usually repeated on Fridays of the following week at 4.15pm. These efforts also go a long way in creating awareness on the various resource materials available in our libraries. The show also reaches out to several children across the country. 

Library Of The Year Awards/ Maktaba Awards

knls participated in this year’s Library of the year awards (LOYA), which took place on 26th September 2013 at the Nairobi National Museum. The chief guest was the Director General of Vision 2030, Mugo Kibati.

Nairobi Area Library receive a certificate and cash award of Kshs. 30,000 for being the 1st Runner Up

He emphasized the need for librarians to be innovative and make the library a place where everyone yearns to be, in order to build their knowledge, which he acknowledged is an important ingredient towards the achievement of vision 2030.

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Reading Promotion Activities

Kibera Library

Kibera branch organized a reading tent, which attracted over 220 pupils and 10 teachers from the surrounding schools. The event was marked through storytelling, tongue twisters, singing, composition writing, abstract drawing, question and answer sessions, poetry, choral verses and short skits. Performances during the reading promotion at Kibera libraryChildren had an opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills, build their confidence, explore their talent and learn new things.

The main goal of the activity was to reach out to more potential users of the library.  The event was sponsored by Catholic University Library, Practical Action, Kenya Library Association and Cooperative University.

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Day of the African Child Celebrations

The Day of African Child was marked by knls through a celebration event organized at the Nairobi Area Library. About 450 children from ten schools participated in the event. Some of the activities that characterized the event included reading, singing, plays, poetry, question and answer sessions and presentations (comedy and play) from the Churchill show team members.

The importance of obedience of children was emphasized as well as the importance of education to their lives.

Official opening of the knls Narok Library

Narok Library was officially opened on Wednesday, 11th of September 2013. The Library is situated next to the Narok Stadium grounds along the Narok/Bomet road. The Library will be a major empowerment tool to the residents of Narok, educational institutions and the Maa Community at large. The library is in a serene environment which is a kilometre away from the town. The library compound offers a conducive environment for studies and leisure reading. The construction and equipping of the library has been funded by the Government of Kenya at a cost of about Kshs. 50 million.

The launch event was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario Arero, Ph.D. Other guests who attended the event were the Narok Governor Mr. Samuel Tunai Ole Kuntai, Narok Deputy Governor Aruasa Evalyn Chepkirui Aruasa, Narok County Assembly Speaker Hon. Nabulu Ole Kamuaro, County Commissioner Hassan K. Farrah, knls Chairman Silas Kobia, knls Board, knls Director Richard Atuti, county executives, county representatives, Heads of Departments within the Narok County among many other leaders.

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Launch of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA) Section

The launch of the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) section took place on 20th June 2013 at the knls Buruburu Branch. The event was led by Serah Mugambi, who is in charge of counselling at knls and Wendy Gaya who is a program officer at NACADA. The section is equipped with information materials on alcohol, drug and substance abuse. Other information available at the section include, how to quit smoking and addiction which will be important to those already hooked up as well as trainers and professional counsellors. Initially knls Mombasa Branch had benefited from similar resources.

Reading and Camp Fire

Kisumu library and Kakamega County Scouts Association organized a four day reading and learning camp fire at Sigalagala Polytechnic and Primary school from 15th to 19th May 2013. The event was attended by 33 Primary schools, 34 high schools and three colleges with a total of 703 daily attendances. In attendance were also 12 District commissioners, scouts National trainers and teachers. The County Director of education officially opened the camp. In his remarks, he requested that such activities could be spread to other parts of the County.

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